Tips to prep yourself for a job interview
Congratulations, you have been invited to an interview! This indicates that your cover letter and CV made an impression, and recruiters and HR managers consider you as a good fit for the role. A job interview can be a very stressful experience for many people. However, preparation is the key to overcoming nerves and having a successful interview. But there is a fine line between preparing well for an interview and overwhelming yourself with information. You surely do not want to be in the latter category. So, let's have a look at some easy ways to prepare for a job interview.
Review the job description well
Taking the time to analyze the job description is an important part of interview preparation. Consider what the company is looking for in a candidate as you read through the job description. Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities required by the employer and necessary for job success.
Have a confident body language
Remember, you only get one shot at making a killer first impression. Wear formal clothes, greet them with a firm handshake and maintain a smile while communicating with them. A confident smile shows that you know what you are talking about.
Do your research
Possibilities are that recruiters have been in the company long enough to know what the founding year is. Skip the general information and try to dig deeper into what is the function of the company. Check out the company website, specifically the "About Us" page, for a clear and precise understanding of the company. Read articles about the company in industry magazines or on websites to get a sense of how it compares to other organizations in the same industry.
Always ask question
Towards the end of the interview, when the recruiter asks, "Do you have any questions for us?", a large number of the people reply negatively. This will not leave a good impression on the recruiter. This is a way of them assessing your genuine interest in the role. And don't stress yourself about what questions you should ask. Asking about the organization's management style, organizational structure or culture are some of the safe routes to go for.
Don't get your hopes too up
No matter how well you prepare for interviews or how well you appear to be a fit for the role, you must accept the fact that you will not always be offered the job. Repeated rejection can leave you feeling disheartened, but it's important not to take it personally and to keep a positive attitude. There is always the next opportunity awaiting you.